Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology

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Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia
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The new MAAT building, designed by architect Amanda Levete, as seen from the river.
Established4 October 2016 (2016-10-04)
LocationBelém, Lisbon, Portugal
Coordinates38°41′45″N 9°11′41″W / 38.69591°N 9.19464°W / 38.69591; -9.19464Coordinates: 38°41′45″N 9°11′41″W / 38.69591°N 9.19464°W / 38.69591; -9.19464
TypeMuseum of art, science and industrial archeology and exhibition center
DirectorBeatrice Leanza
CuratorInês Grosso
ArchitectAmanda Levete
OwnerEDP Foundation

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (Portuguese: Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia) (MAAT) is a museum in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Museum[edit]

The front of the museum with the Tagus river by its side.

MAAT is a cultural project for the city of Lisbon that is focused on three areas - Art, Architecture, and Technology. The €20m museum sits on the River Tagus (Rio Tejo) to the west of the city centre.[1] and "one of Europe's most lyrical new museums".[2] It establishes a connection between the new building and the Tejo Power Station, one of Portugal's most prominent examples of industrial architecture from the first half of the 20th century, and one of the most visited museums in the country. The museum is designed by Amanda Levete Architects.

MAAT's ambition is to present national and international exhibitions by contemporary artists, architects, and thinkers. The programme also includes various curatorial perspectives on EDP Foundation's Art Collection, reflecting current subject matters and trends.

MAAT's programme opened on 30 June 2016 with four exhibitions held in renovated spaces of the Tejo Power Station building. On 5 October of the same year, the new building opened to the public with a large-scale work by French artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, created specifically for this space.

This is a project conceived for all kinds of public, of all ages, boasting an educational programme of multidisciplinary activities about art, architecture and technology – all initiatives which encourage creative thinking and new ways of acquiring and developing knowledge.

The museum hosted the Eurovision's "Blue Carpet" event, where all the contestants and their delegations are presented before the press, fans and public, on 6 May 2018. The official Opening Ceremony of the 2018 contest, which will take place at the nearby Electricity Museum.[3]

On 19 December, 2019 part of the false ceiling in the entrance of the building collapsed as a result of storm Elsa.[4]


  1. ^ Wainwright, Oliver (6 October 2016). "'The hotspot of hotspots': Amanda Levete's €20m Lisbon museum opens with a sinuous swoosh". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. ^ Glancey, Jonathan (22 September 2016). "A New Museum in Lisbon Pushes the barriers of Art, Architecture and Light". Newsweek.
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (12 January 2018). "Eurovision 2018: RTP reveals Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception venue -". ESCToday. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Parte do telheiro do Maat destruído por depressão Elsa". Sábado Portugal. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.

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